111, THE ORIGIN OF THE KB^ADI CHIEFS.
In the country of Kariiataka, there dwelt a farmer
Basavapa by name in the village of Palliyabayal, near the
city of Keladi, which stands on the northern bank of the
Varada. He had by his wife Basavamamba, two sons called
Caudapa and Bhadrapa whom he married to two girls of good
family. Basavapa, who prospered greatly after the birth of
his sons, breathed his last, some time after their marriage.
Caudapa and Bhadrapa who followed the profession of
their father became rich, and acquired a name for their
bravery; and the former became the king of Keladi by the
grace of god Ramesvara of the place.
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One day Caudapa went to one of his paddy fields,
in order to supervise the work of his labourers, and be-
coming tired, he slept under the cool shade of a mango tree.
As he did not return to his house in time, his mother came in
search of him, and found him asleep at the foot of the tree ;
but she was dismayed when she discovered that a cobra was
dancing near his head spreading its hood. She did not
awaken him at once, but waited until the serpent retired.
Then she explained to him the whole incident and pointed out to
him the serpent that was slowly retiring, making them signs
with its hood to follow it, Caudapa and his mother followed the
serpent, until they reached a plot, where at one spot it struck
the ground with its hood, and disappeared. They thought
that this action of the serpent indicated a treasure buried under-
neath the ground, and excavated the place with the object
of acquiring it. On digging the ground, they discovered a
huge vessel filled with money and a sword called Nagaramari
which they took possession of. Caudapa erected a house on the
spot, and occupied it with all the members of his family. In
course of time, a son was born to Caudapa whom he called
Sadasiva. When this boy grew into manhood, he married to him
two girls of good family called Viramambe and Bhadramambe.